Snap Stock Is Out

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Snapchat, Inc, just released their IPO and people are going crazy over Snap stock. If you haven’t heard of Snapchat by now, then there’s a good chance you’ve been living under a rock. Snapchat is today’s most popular social media application among millennial’s. The app focuses on disposal content that you can share with friends between 1-to-10 seconds, or upload content to your ‘story’ that will stay active for 24 hours. Snapchat was initially created with the sole purpose of exchanging nude photos of one another, and though the app is still infamously known for that, Snapchat offers a way to capture raw moments in life. Most of the moments individuals now share with each other are strange objects, unique scenery, and of course, food. A popular phrase has even been coined, “if you didn’t Snap it, did it really happen?”

But what makes Snapchat so popular? Snapchat encourages sharing personal moments with close friends, despite not physically being with them. Snapchat is widely popular with millennials and centennials due to their love of sharing moments and experiences. Now, combine that attribute with the ability to share 10-seconds worth of content, appealing to the short attention that humanity has developed, is a recipe for success. Snapchat has managed to take all the positive aspects of each big-name social media platform. Further, they’ve incorporated them all into one social media application – photos, videos, filters, emojis, artistic doodles, and text without it permanently being stuck on the web. However, there’s still the option of screenshotting a snap, so think twice before you send that risky photo. Researchers have also found that the way individuals interact accounts for Snapchats success among its users. Interactions are not ‘transactional’ like a text message, or as impersonal as a status update on Facebook and Twitter, but rather more ‘conversational,’ and it has the ability to place users in the exact moment an event occurred.

With all of these amazing features intertwined within Snapchat, some may wonder how does the social media app make money. Snapchat has found an interesting way to disguise ads between Snaps, and stories. Individuals are likely to see ads when they shuffle between stories. However, these ads are not your typical 30-to-60 seconds long. They are shorter, much shorter. They can range anywhere from 5-to-10 seconds long, and the best part is that they can be skipped by users. Contrary to many people’s belief, millennials are less likely to pay for an application than any other generation.

Another reason why Snapchat has become so popular over the years is due to its relevancy. Twitter has an endless stream of tweets, and users often move on to another application before they get a chance to read a tweet from someone they care about. Meanwhile, Facebook feeds are either filled with people that you don’t often consider close friends or click-bait. Click-bait is a coined phrase that describes an interesting title, but redirects to an uninteresting page when clicked. The unfortunate case of Twitter and Facebook is that users spend a lot of time trying to find that small sliver of content that is relevant and interesting to the user. Snapchat is much different. Yes, there is a lot of content on Snapchat that is waiting to be found, but Snapchat allows you to follow, view and receive content from the people you care about. Snapchat even has a section called Discover which is news-like content, and even that section can be editable. Users can select which publications, new stations and TV channels they want to view.

The last reason why Snapchat has become so popular, and probably the most important, the application is just downright fun to use. Users can attach goofy stickers, funky lenses that add a mask, manipulate the structure of your face or add geofilter sliders that indicate which city or location you are in while Snapping. Even the Discover aspect of Snapchat, which is probably the least interesting part, is still more engaging than Twitter Moments – a similar news like attribute.

Team members of Glint regularly use Snapchat, so we decided to conduct an internal survey:

What is it about Snapchat that you like the most?
“I love Snapchat because it allows me to capture raw moments of life. Anyone can record an event and add effects to make it look more appealing, but with Snapchat, the moment itself is appealing; not the effects added to it. It’s authentic and unfiltered. I love using Instagram, but every photo and video I come across looks like a glossy imitation of reality.”

What don’t you like about Snapchat?
“I do not like how you can screenshot users content. I have had friends screenshot embarrassing photos I have sent before, and it would be great if Snapchat could remove that feature. Hint, hint, Snapchat.”

What do you use Snapchat for?
“Initially, I used Snap to send photos and videos, but as Snapchat evolved, so has the way I use it. I now use Snapchat as my preferred method of communication. I use it to for text messages and phone calls. The best part is that the app allows me to add a personal touch to my message specifically tailored for whomever I’m sending a message to.”

Would you ever stop using Snapchat?
“The first step to recovery is acceptance, and I accept that I’m addicted to Snapchat, but I can only see myself stop on the off chance that my friends stop using it. There would be no reason for me use an application if my only form of interaction was viewing other people’s stories. I like sending and receiving content from friends.”

There’s no doubt that Snapchat will become a household name like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s interesting to note that Facebook saw the potential of Snapchat just after a year of its creation. Facebook offered Snapchat $3 billion dollars to buy it out, but to many people’s surprise, Snapchat declined the offer. Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion dollars in 2012, and Facebook has made Instagram the number one photo sharing application in the world. Facebook may have had a different plan for Snapchat, but no one is complaining about the potential fate of Snapchat under Facebook control. If you haven’t used Snapchat yet, we encourage you to experiment with your friends, and if we have one recommendation it would be this: if you’re not willing to risk that Snap being screenshotted then don’t send it.

 

 

Technology: Does It Bring Us Closer?

For the most part, the answer to this question is simple and obvious. Technology does bring you closer to family, friends and acquaintances as it easily puts us in touch with those we have not communicated with in a long time. For those who live thousands of miles apart from one another, technology has made it easy for people to communicate with ease. The list goes on and on. However, for every good, there is a bad. For every ying, there is a yang.

With the oversaturation of communication apps and websites, it’s clear that social media platforms and technology show no signs of slacking in 2017. However, many people worry that as people become more attached to the screen on their phone, they become less concerned with the world six inches past their face. If you’ve come to this blog to find a clear and decisive answer about whether or not technology has brought us closer, or driven us further apart, then you’ll be disappointed by the time you finish this blog.

As creative mavens, ad-specialists, admen and adwomen, and Glintsters, we pride ourselves on being up-to-date on the latest technologies and media platforms. We believe that social media and technology has both brought us together and pushed us apart. Social media has made it easy for two or more people to communicate with each other with the push of a button. Using Skype has brought people closer together when they can’t always physically see each other. Facebook,
Twitter and other instant messaging platforms have made it possible for people to be in instant contact with each anywhere in the world and at any particular time. Social media has opened doors and opportunities never imagined before. We’ve come a long way from when a teenager’s worst nightmare was to get a Facebook friend request from a parent. For Gen-X parents, having a strong social media presence is as important as having an email address. One of the greatest family benefits of social media is that it has brought back ‘family board game night,’ well, at least the 2017 version of it. When children move out of the house, whether it’s for college or one of those steps in adulthood, bonding traditions like board-night, unfortunately, have become a thing of the past. Scrabble and Yahtzee found a quick solution by creating a mobile-friendly version that have allowed families to paly on their smartphones. Digital versions of famous family night board games have adapted to the modern, on-the-go lifestyle. Today, some would argue that social media has become our greatest ally, and others would say it has become the bane of human existence.

Some would argue that social media has adverse effects on people as it limits the ability of people from having a face-to-face conversation – more specifically, Millennials and Centennials. Go outside for a walk you’re bound to see a group of individuals with each other, yet not with each other at all. What do we mean by this? These groups of friends are all in the same location, but they are social checked out as they are too worried about what Jake, or Betty is tweeting. The worst is that there are so many people that cannot go a single day without checking their phones. At Glint, we’re no different. We have team members, like the one writing this blog that is likely to have a panic attack if his phone is out of sight. It can even become more concerning when you’re at home checking in on people that live far away while forgetting about the ones that you live with.

There is no clear-cut answer on if technology brings people together or creates a bigger gap between people. The real answer is dependent on one factor – you. How you use technology will determine its effects on you and the people in your lives. When used correctly, it will bring you closer to people like you never imagined. However, fall too deep into the rabbit hole, and there may be no way to climb back out. What are our recommendations? Document important aspects of your lives like a birthday, engagement, baby shower, but avoid the day-to-day things like ordering a mocha frap at Starbucks. Don’t get us wrong; we love Starbucks, but how important is it to snap that iconic cup with your misspelled name on it?

If you have questions about branding and how your business can build and sustain a true competitive advantage, reach out to Glint at www.glintadv.com or give us a call at 817-616-0320. From large scale real estate developments, to hospitals, retail stores and credit unions, Glint has been helping clients define, refine and hone their brand strategy and imagery for over 16 years.

Psychology in Advertising

A basic advertisement involves a lot of strategy and thought, as well as more planning than one may assume. From the color scheme and visuals to the actual words used, each component of an ad is designed to appeal to the consumer in a unique way. Every aspect is specifically designed using basic principles of psychology to generate a desired reaction or response. While there are many potential psychological elements to incorporate, the use of emotions, persuasion and authority, memories, and colors are a few of the more common ones.

Emotions
Advertising often plays to consumers’ emotions. Fear, love, pleasure or vanity can be powerful drivers of consumer desires and response. Each of these emotions can be manipulated and used in a different way to affect behavior:

  • Fear is a very powerful emotion and can be a robust motivator. Fear is a primal instinct, and nothing makes people more uncomfortable than fear. Advertising can use fear tactics to create an uncomfortable position or situation, then provide a solution manifested through a given product or service. One approach where fear is used is “the fear of missing out.” This approach can be identified by phrases such as “one day only,” “limited time only,” “only a few left.” These “calls to action” emphasize that time is critical, and consumers need to act fast or they won’t get to participate. Fear is also commonly used in medical and health advertisements, convincing consumers they need to use the drug or service being offered, or face the ultimate fear of severe medical issues or even death.
  • Advertisements utilizing fun and pleasure show consumers having a good time and enjoying themselves, all made possible by a given product or service. The individuals in the ad are having fun, and the consumer is led to believe that they too will have a good time, but only if they purchase the product or service. Fun and pleasure are often used in advertising for beer, theme parks, cigarettes and specific types of automobiles.
  • Ads that feature love target consumers who want to provide for and take care of loved ones. Like fear, love is a very powerful and primal emotion that can drive strong consumer behavior. These ads tap into a core desire to provide only the best for those in our lives we most care about, and the products being advertised are necessary to meet that need. Subjects of these ads are typically families, pets, newborns and mothers, or happy couples. Pampers, Johnson and Johnson, jewelry stores and pet stores are just a few brands and industries that use love.
  • Advertisements focused on vanity appeal to the consumer’s sense of well-being, pride, importance and relevance. Themes such as “the latest and greatest,” “you deserve,” new fashion trends and luxury drive this advertising. Society places significant importance on appearance and status, and by leveraging these themes advertising will drive awareness, interest and action for advertised brands. Industries that often use vanity include fashion, personal appearance, luxury goods, cars and more.

 

Persuasion and Authority
One of the best ways to persuade someone to action is to gain their trust or provide irrefutable logic. Advertising also uses these two basic principles to drive consumer purchase behavior. One of the most common ways advertising uses persuasion is through celebrity endorsement. Many consumers have a big (albeit often irrational) affinity for celebrities and give them implicit trust. Consumers feel they know these celebrities and believe if a product or service is good enough for the celebrity, then it is good enough for them. Celebrities can provide instant credibility for a product or service, often beyond what a “traditional” advertising program can provide.

An additional way persuasion and authority can be used is through irrefutable logic from the power of an authority or even a “trusted” peer. “Experts” in a given field, or representations of a given consumer group, will be cited as a reason a consumer should trust or buy a product. Ads will use phrases like “9-out-of-10 doctors recommend”, “4 out of 5 dentists suggest”, or even “3 out of 4 moms trust” to drive consumer purchase behavior. Through irrefutable logic from an “expert”, consumers will trust the product and brand and increase their purchase intent.

Memories
Psychologists tell us memories change each time they are recalled, and the original story is altered just a little, thus becoming a new reality. Memories are thought to be a strong source of information, which they are, but just not always reflecting the true reality for which the memory is attached. Either way, memories are all we have of the past if we don’t have a recording of actual events. Advertising can leverage this biological gap to create affinity and intent. Every time a consumer recalls an ad it is an opportunity for a brand or product to create a new, happy or positive memory. By engaging in ongoing communications and advertising, companies can capitalize on recency to create and reinforce positive brand and product memories, potentially even crowding out past transgressions.

To illustrate the malleability of memories, Disney conducted an ad test with people who had visited one of their theme parks but did not actively recall meeting a character during the visit. After showing a test-group various commercials of the sites and sounds or the Disney Parks, including meeting Mickey, a staggering 90% of respondents recalled that they either remembered meeting Mickey or were confident that it might have happened.

Color
Colors illicit strong, and sometimes conflicting, emotions. Some evoke passion, mystery, and coldness while others convey happiness, trust or peace. Every color has a different purpose within an advertisement to control the emotion and perception of the ad, and thus the effectiveness in driving a specific reaction or action. Here are some examples of how each color can change the mood of an ad:

  • Red: passion, energy, strength, love, power, determination, intensity, anger, excitement.
  • Blue: depth, stability, wisdom, trust, confidence, calming.
  • Blue: depth, stability, wisdom, trust, confidence, calming.
  • Yellow: energy, happy, warming, attention, aggravation, joy.
  • Purple: wisdom, wealth, royalty, power, luxury, magic, powerful, calming, strength.
  • Green: growth, health, harmony, safety, nature, calm, refreshed.
  • Orange: enthusiasm, heat, success, creativity, warmth, excitement.
  • White: purity, light, clean, sterile, innocent, spacious, cold, unfriendly.
  • Black: power, mystery, elegance, evil, mourning, death, confident, calm, stable, mysterious.

Psychology plays a large role in the overall design and success of an advertising campaign. By incorporating basic psychological principles, ads can be created to generate desired emotions and reactions, ultimately driving desired consumer behaviors. Ads can be targeted to specific demographic or psychographic groups enhancing brand recall and awareness and overall brand affinity.

Understanding the human mind and knowing how to use basic psychological principles is key to successful advertising and branding, and a big reason Glint has been successfully helping clients grow their businesses’ for almost two decades.

If you have questions about branding or how your business can build and sustain a true competitive advantage, visit us at www.glintadv.com or call 817-616-0320 to learn how Glint can help you today. From large scale real estate developments, to hospitals, retail stores and credit unions, Glint has been helping clients define, refine and hone their brand strategy and imagery for over 17 years.

Kaner Medical Group

Holiday Invitation

KMG wanted to stand out in the mail and attain an early commitment for their holiday party. They were looking for an engagement piece that would entice recipients to interact with their invitation, get excited about their event, and RSVP their intention for attendance. Glint determined a dimensional piece with multiple layers and sound would be the best approach for aligning with a roaring 20’s theme. Conceptualized from and old radio tuner the invitation asked recipients to “Tune In.”

As invitees opened the mailer, multiple layers of rigid translucent material were shown stacked, revealing a top message while enticing the recipient to continue digging deeper. For instant gratification, at the bottom of the invite were headphones wrapped in the shape of a Christmas tree to align with the “Tune In” messaging. The invite also provided a URL landing page that allowed the invitees to respond with their attendance, their number of guests and favorite holiday song. Also, the landing page provided a countdown timer to the event and played a roaring twenties song to bring more life to the experience.